BOROUGH PRESIDENT JOINS COUNCIL COMMITTEE CHAIRS OF PUBLIC HOUSING, OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS, AND TECHNOLOGY IN CALLING FOR GREATER TRANSPARENCY THROUGH “COMPSTAT-ESQUE” DIGITAL DASHBOARD
BROOKLYN, NY, February 23, 2018: Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams joined Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Peter Koo, and Ritchie Torres — the chairs of the Committees on Public Housing, Technology, and Oversight and Investigations, respectively — in urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to provide the approximately 400,000 residents in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments with real-time capital budget information, in the face of continued concerns around heating systems, lead, and the state of good repair projects. Specifically, they recommended a digital dashboard to include, but not be limited to, the provision of information as to project costs, status updates, as well as additional progress metrics such as completion timelines. An analysis conducted by Borough President Adams’ office found that while a capital project dashboard exists within the Office of the Mayor, NYCHA is not listed as one of the agencies monitored, and there is no similar dashboard specifically for NYCHA capital projects beyond a list of whether a reported issue is in progress of being addressed or if it has been resolved.
“For an agency that serves roughly populations larger than the cities of Cleveland, Ohio; St. Louis, Missouri; and Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is imperative that we are arming residents with as much easily accessible data as possible as to the status of these important projects,” wrote Borough President Adams and his elected colleagues in a letter to Mayor de Blasio. “We must empower our residents and tenants with information and view them as partners in improving living conditions across NYCHA complexes in addition to seeking their guidance as to how to implement projects in their backyards.”
Borough President Adams first made the call for the creation of a publicly-accessible NYCHA capital project dashboard at a rally earlier this month outside the Gowanus Houses Community Center in Gowanus, alongside dozens of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenants impacted by the heating crisis. The proposed initiative aligns with previous efforts from his administration to successfully secure dynamic maps and a dashboard to publicly track Build It Back and Superstorm Sandy-related projects from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR).
“We should utilize a ‘CompStat-esque’ model of tracking conditions and service delivery to restore confidence in NYCHA and improve the quality of life in our developments,” said Borough President Adams. “In fact, I believe nearly every sector of our municipal government would be enhanced by a better utilization and activation of civic data, through real-time monitoring, enhanced public accountability, and dynamic agency response. My administration will continue to champion technological advances like these that improve the City’s ability to dig into the crevices of persistent challenges facing New Yorkers.”
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